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Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

creimer Re:Why I joined: (176 comments)

I listed my membership on my resume, along with the ACM logo.

LinkedIn has a new feature to list your certifications and corresponding badges on your profile page. While checking it out, ACM was listed in the pulldown. I had an ACM membership while in college. I was wondering if becoming a member again and adding ACM to my resume would make a difference.

2 hours ago
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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

creimer Re:Good... (124 comments)

It's the perfect place to bury Jar Jar and Hayden Christensen in a peat bog.

4 hours ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

creimer According to the Microsoft CompTIA Security+ book (335 comments)

I just started reading the Microsoft CompTIA Security+ certification book. A sidebar story mentioned that a data center kept no firewall on the network because it had other forms of network security in place. The tradeoff was a faster thoroughput performance versus an increase possibility of a network attack.

yesterday
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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

creimer I changed my parent's drinking habits... (154 comments)

When I was born, my father stopped drinking and my mother started drinking. No one ever told me why.

2 days ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

creimer Re: Clever editors. (288 comments)

Continue with your whining.

The only whining I hear about transportation are the poor techies who have commute 30 minutes from San Francisco in their car. Cry me a river!

2 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

creimer Re:Abusing Ice... (505 comments)

My last car died from a blown head gasket three days before I got my layoff notice. I was out of work for eight months and took out a bank loan to pay the rent while starting a new job. You want to chip in for getting me a car?

2 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

creimer Re:Abusing Ice... (505 comments)

Probably doesn't help that getting to and from work is a two-hour bus trip each way. I'm pretty sitting for 12 hours straight. I started taking 15-minute walks during my breaks and lunch to loosen up my back muscles.

3 days ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

creimer Abusing Ice... (505 comments)

I must be doing something wrong if the only thing I'm abusing is the ice pack on my sore back from sitting in front of a computer all day long.

3 days ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

creimer Re: Clever editors. (288 comments)

For every Capitalist CEO who gets fired for incompetence, there are dozens of entrenched Capitalist CEOs who deserve to be shot.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

creimer Internet Service Provider (206 comments)

According to legend at one Fortune 500 company I worked at in Silicon Valley, a data center administrator ran an Internet Service Provider (ISP) when dial-up was still king by using the spare server and bandwidth capacity. This gig went on for a number of years until someone in the corporate office noticed that the data center was far more active than it should have been and ordered an audit. The administrator skipped town and retired to Mexico as a millionaire before the audit got completed. Not wishing to draw public attention to this oversight, the ISP went away and the data center got a new administrator.

4 days ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

creimer Re: Clever editors. (288 comments)

The Capitalist CEO acquires his wealth by making and selling things, or providing a service to other people, or managing an organisation that does this. If people don't like his product or service, he doesn't make any money.

According to a recent study, there's no connection between a CEO's performance and pay. The last Fortune 500 company I worked for laid me off along with 10% of the workforce so the CEO could give himself a 66% raise for having a lousy fiscal year from selling fewer techie widgets than expected. Neither the board nor Wall Street punished him for his mismanagement. He bought another vacation home to keep up with all the other CEO Jones.

That's not Capitalism, that's Marxism.

4 days ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

creimer Re: Clever editors. (288 comments)

Trains are among the most efficient transportation methods (hard wheels on smooth rails = low rolling resistance) but the journey may not be the fastest nor most direct.

I just started a job at a hospital. The fastest route to the hospital in the morning is a two-hour bus trip (four connections). Not being a major tech employer, its the last stop for the buses and shuttles after winding through all the nearby tech companies. The fastest route home in the afternoon is a one-hour trip via two buses, a commuter train and a light rail train. Taking the train is an extra five bucks per day that I'm not sure if I want to do on a regular basis.

4 days ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

creimer Re: Clever editors. (288 comments)

They're Marxists and like good Marxists they've implemented a good Marxist model internally with their CEO getting paid a thick wedge of cash and flying to work. What they want is to carry on their pissy little lives promoting policies to prevent you from doing the same.

Not much difference between a Marxist CEO and a Capitalist CEO when it comes to perks. CEO's are more equal than the rest of humanity.

4 days ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

creimer Re: Clever editors. (288 comments)

How far is it from Amsterdam to Luxembourg anyway?

A four-hour drive by car (359.5 km), according to Google. I'm curious to know if taking a plane is more energy efficient than a car or train.

4 days ago
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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

creimer Re:Earthshaking (124 comments)

Redundancy should only be necessary when and where it makes sense.

Paperwork in triplicate is the only thing that counts in government.

4 days ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

creimer Re:STEM is the new liberal arts degree (174 comments)

The presidential debate would be less insane if civics and debate were required courses. Most Americans are clueless to how the government is supposed to work, and aren't capable of disecting a serious argument to separate the lies from the truth. Political pundits have reduced the presidential debates to another form of entertainment for the masses who want to be told to think because forming, analyzing and defending their own opinion hard work.

about a week ago
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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

creimer Incomplete data (174 comments)

As usual, jumping to conclusions with incomplete data.

You don't seriously expect people to read beyond the article title before jumping into the comments?

about a week ago
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Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

creimer Re:Major disappointment... (95 comments)

Well it would probably be all scrambled anyway unless we got one of those pirate boxes to descramble it for us....

If the signal wasn't scrambled, all those naked blue-colored girls I saw on a TV as a teenager may actually be naked blue-colored girls... from SPACE!

about a week ago
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Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

creimer Major disappointment... (95 comments)

After all these years of running SETI@Home, we still haven't found any extraterrestial TV signals carrying alien porn. :/

about a week ago

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China Brushes Out Distinctive Hues of Names

creimer creimer writes  |  more than 5 years ago

creimer writes "The New York Times is reporting that some Chinese citizens will have to change their name for the new identity cards.

"The bureau's computers, however, are programmed to read only 32,252 of the roughly 55,000 Chinese characters, according to a 2006 government report. The result is that Miss Ma and at least some of the 60 million other Chinese with obscure characters in their names cannot get new cards — unless they change their names to something more common.""

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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Christopher D. Reimer writes "The New York Times is reporting the death of John W. Backus, 82, creator of the FORTRAN programming language. From the article: 'Mr. Backus and his youthful team, then all in their 20s and 30s, devised a programming language that resembled a combination of English shorthand and algebra. Fortran, short for Formula Translator, was very similar to the algebraic formulas that scientists and engineers used in their daily work. With some training, they were no longer dependent on a programming priesthood to translate their science and engineering problems into a language a computer would understand.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that only one percent of web pages are sexually explict. From the article: 'A confidential analysis of Internet search queries and a random sample of Web pages taken from Google and Microsoft's giant Internet indices showed that only about 1 percent of all Web pages contain sexually explicit material. [...] The ACLU said the analysis, by Philip B. Stark, a professor of statistics at the University of California, Berkeley, did not appear to substantially help the Department of Justice in its effort to prove that criminal penalties are necessary to protect minors from exposure to sexually explicit information on the Internet.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The New York Times is reporting a federal investigation of the the Venezuelan owners of Smartmatic Corporation, a voting software company, and whether the anti-U.S. government is trying to influence the U.S. midterm elections. According to the article: 'Government officials familiar with the Smartmatic inquiry said they doubted that even if the Chávez government was some kind of secret partner in the company, it would try to influence elections in the United States. But some of them speculated that the purchase of Sequoia could help Smartmatic sell its products in Latin America and other developing countries, where safeguards against fraud are weaker.'"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "Call me an old fart but I been trying to find a brand new manual typewriter at a reasonable price so I can fulfill my Hemingway fantasy of writing on a typewriter and drinking a shot between pages. (The MacBook is nice but falls a bit short in the fantasy department.) There seem to be only one model from two different vendors (the MS 25 from Olivetti and Royal). Does anyone know if there are other manual typewriters available?"
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creimer creimer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Chris Reimer writes "The BBC is reporting that the American Bluegills fish is being used as an early warning system for dangerous substances in the local water supply. From the article: 'A small number of fish are kept in tanks which are constantly filled with water from the municipal supply. The computerised system registers changes in the fishes' vital signs and sends an alert when something is wrong. Since 11 September 2001, the US government has taken the threat of attacks on water supplies seriously.'"

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